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Storm in a tea kettle? Hitler dispute boils over online

AFP-JIJI

A tea kettle that some think resembles Adolf Hitler fetched more than $200 on eBay after it sold out online after protests over a billboard promoting the otherwise innocent product.

Pictures went viral of the Michael Graves Bells and Whistles Stainless Steel Tea Kettle, which in the eyes of some resembles the Nazi leader giving his infamous Sieg Heil salute.

The $40 kettle — described on eBay as the JC Penney Michael Graves Hitler Tea Kettle — on Thursday fetched prices as high as $245.90.

The appliance sold out online and a billboard advertising it was taken down after protests, but JC Penney took to Twitter to defend the ad, whose image was the same as on the package.

The pictures appeared on social news website Reddit, showing a billboard in Los Angeles advertising the kettle.

The Anti-Defamation League, which monitors and campaigns against anti-Semitism, told the site, “We take JC Penney at their word that any resemblance to the Nazi dictator was completely unintended.”